The Lopsided Ape

The Lopsided Ape : Evolution of the Generative Mind

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This study addresses the question of what makes humans unique, of how sharply we differ from other animals. It begins with evidence on the split of the hominids from the apes, and on the main steps in hominid evolution since then. Its main theme is that the distinctive versatility of human thought and mental representation depends on special properties of the left side of the brain. One manifestation of this lop-sidedness is the predominance of right-handedness in human populations, a tract that does not seem to exist in animals. Another is the special properties of human language, which is represented in the left cerebral hemisphere. The text argues that the human left hemisphere has evolved a specialization for an open-ended, generative form of mental representation. This underlies language and also the way in which we construct, represent and understand objects. It probably colours many other specifically human activities, such as complementary mode of thought that has more holistic, analogue properties, and that goes back much further in evolution.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 375 pages
  • 162.56 x 243.84 x 25.4mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line illustrations
  • 0195066758
  • 9780195066753

Table of contents

Are humans unique?; Human evolution; The human condition; Human handedness; Human language; The evolution of language; Language and the brain; Praxis and the left brain; The magic carpet; The duality of the brain; The plastic brain; Conclusions.show more

About Michael C. Corballis

About the Author: Michael Corballis is Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is the author Human Laterality and other books.show more

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